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A People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn
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In Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, what are the 5 most important things Zinn says about Columbus?

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There are many different points that Zinn makes in his analysis of Columbus's entry to the "New World."  The first point comes in the opening of the chapter. Zinn makes the point that Columbus's primary motivation in exploration was for conquest and power.  Zinn demonstrates this through Columbus's own writings:

They ... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells. They willingly traded everything they owned... . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.... They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane... . They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.

The description that Columbus gives regarding the Arawak reception to the Europeans reflects how Columbus recognized the...

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